“The Master’s Handiwork” of Feigned Humility (Jan. 31 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 31: "The Master's Handiwork" (Of Feigned Humility) Part 31/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, We made it - a full month of devotions from everybody's favorite, Jesus Daily! I guess there's no more fitting way to end the month than to, once again, start the day off by reading the Apostle Paul, rather than the J-man himself. Verse Of The Day: "For we are God's masterpiece. He created us in Christ … [Read more...]

“Work In Progress” aka. Parasite Onboard (Jan. 30 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 30: "Work In Progress" (aka. Parasite Onboard) Part 30/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, Ugh. I'm not sure how much longer I can go on with this exercise in futility. This book is anything but a page turner - quite the opposite. I purposefully slept in for the first time in a decade just to avoid it this morning, only to come home and see it sitting on my counter like a menacing character in a … [Read more...]

“Unconditional Love”…On One Condition (Jan. 29 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 29: "Unconditional Love" (On One Condition) Part 29/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, Did you go to church this morning? I didn't. Instead, I read the delightful little devotional you gave to me out of spite and wanted to share my daily review... Verse Of The Day: This is what the LORD says, "...you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you..." - Isaiah 43:1,4 Uh... that's it? … [Read more...]

“Spiritual Conditioning” Whatever That Is (Jan. 28 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 28: "Spiritual Conditioning" (Whatever That Is) Part 28/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, Ugh... like I don't have more interesting things to do on a Saturday than delve into a book that was re-gifted to me by an angry zealot in order to try to decipher the cryptic Christianese found inside? But, alas - a bet's a bet, so... on we go with my daily review. I'll warn you - I'm a little grumpier than … [Read more...]

“Stand Firm,” Stubborn Soldier! (Jan. 27 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 27: "Stand Firm" (Stubborn Soldier) Part 27/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, It's Friday - let's just make this quick. I've got some drinking to do, so... on to Paul... Verse Of The Day: "Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is in vain." - 2 Corinthians 15:58 Well, at least now we know how some Christians come … [Read more...]

“God’s Profile Never Changes” Unless… (Jan 26. – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 26: "God's Profile Never Changes" (Except When It Does) Part 26/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, If you didn't already have a laugh over the cheesiest devotional title found in the book so far, well - you might be hanging out at too many churches led by cruiseship clergymen. But, seriously - "God's Profile Never Changes?" It's not just a cheesy title, it can be easily proven categorically false. … [Read more...]

“Do Some Pruning” Or… BURN! (January 25 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 25: "Share Your Struggles" (Through False Humility) Part 25/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, It's a miracle! After so many scriptures from the Apostle Paul, Psalms, James, and the fortune cookies of Proverbs, the author finally decided to bless readers with a few words from Jesus himself! Let's see what the meek and mild Prince of Peace has to say... Verse Of The Day: Jesus said, "I am the vine, … [Read more...]

“Share Your Struggles” Through False Humility (January 24 – Living Without Jesus, Daily)

January 24: "Share Your Struggles" (Through False Humility) Part 24/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, Day 24... I honestly can't believe that I've made it this far without slitting my wrists. Sadly, the pages of the book you gave me do not possess the stiffness nrequired to open a vein. So, let's just carry on with today's review: Verse Of The Day:"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it … [Read more...]

“Ask For Wisdom” By Avoiding Knowledge (Living Without Jesus, Daily – Jan. 23)

January 23: "Ask For Wisdom" (By Avoiding Knowledge) Part 23/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, I'm not going to lie, I wasn't looking forward to my daily obligatory review of the little book you gave me. First, I put it off until after my coffee. Then, after lunch. But, then I noticed a couple nagging private messages from readers asking when the post would be up. Incidentally, one of the messages was from … [Read more...]

“Schedule Rest” – Naptime With God (Living Without Jesus, Daily – January 22)

January 22: "Schedule Rest" (Naptime With God) Part 22/365: An atheist reviews a Christian devotional. (If you are new to this page, here's a little background.) Dear Karen, After waking up a little sore from marching with about 150,000 of my closest friends in Seattle yesterday, I almost took today's devotional literally and skipped my obligatory review altogether.  However, a deal is a deal but I'll keep things short, starting with the opening verse: Verse Of The Day:"Return to your … [Read more...]